Seattle: Cory McClenathan Saturday report

MCCLENATHAN CLAIMS N0. 3 IN SEATTLE QUALIFYING KENT, Wash. (July 10, 2010) - Racing the FRAM Top Fuel Dragster, Cory McClenathan grabbed the No. 3 spot in qualifying for the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals. He recorded his quickest pass...

MCCLENATHAN CLAIMS N0. 3 IN SEATTLE QUALIFYING

KENT, Wash. (July 10, 2010) - Racing the FRAM Top Fuel Dragster, Cory McClenathan grabbed the No. 3 spot in qualifying for the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals.

He recorded his quickest pass of 3.921 seconds at 308.35 mph in the final session on Saturday in ambient temperatures in the 80s and a track surface temperature hovering around 120 degrees. His other tries included Friday's 4.677/164.15 (No. 10) and a 3.936/306.46 (the second quickest of that session, for No. 3). Saturday’s third pass of the weekend was a 3.940/302.55 (No. 3).

"I can't complain," said McClenathan, the 1997 event winner here at Pacific Raceways. "The FRAM car is running good, even in the heat. To go out there and run the .92 in the fourth session, in which (points leader) Larry Dixon ran the .91, I'm happy with that. I think we have a god race car for tomorrow. It's supposed to be a little cooler, so that should help us.

"I'd like to stay in the left-hand lane tomorrow. It's not one of those things where it's really pertinent, but I have a feeling the crew chiefs might think it's important. We'll have to stage it thin and get low ET."

McClenathan faces Mike Strasburg in the opening round of Sunday's eliminations.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Cory McClenathan , Mike Strasburg